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Chennai Mathematical Institute got university status recently



CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE: Campus of the Chennai Mathematical Institute at Siruseri, now declared as a university.

CHENNAI : Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar will inaugurate on Friday new facilities on the campus of the Chennai Mathematical Institute at the Siruseri SIPCOT park. The CMI has got university status recently.

Director of the CMI C. S. Seshadri said the receipt of `university status' would give a boost to the Institute's activities, especially provide for more flexibility in its academic offerings.

The institute offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes, besides its key strength in the form of high-end research in mathematics.

"Till now the teaching programme (from 1998) was offered in association with Bhoj Open University, because it offered us some amount of flexibility.

Like the great academic institutions of Europe and the United States, we wanted the UG and PG programmes offered with a great amount of research orientation'', Dr. Seshadri told The Hindu . The CMI selects students through a nationwide admission examinations, and "it boasts of having some of the brightest students in the country including those who had given up their seats in even IITs.

Now that the Institute had been declared a university under Sec. 3 of the UGC Act, the CMI hoped to infuse more flexibility in curriculum planning, teaching learning process and evaluation, he further added.

While the CMI management was yet to decide on increasing the intake (which is about 20 students in the UG courses), the new university status, he hoped, would help it offer newer programmes.

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